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Wise Buys: Precision Steel Rules

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L.S. Starrett Co., model CD604R-12

Editor test-drive:
I love this rule because you get one of Starrett's high-quality bench rules with the bonus of a detachable hook. The hook catches on the end or edge of a board -- like a retractable tape, but with dead-on accuracy. You can center the sliding bar that acts as the hook, or extend it entirely to either side. When you don't want to use the hook, simply back out the screw and remove it. Just be careful to not lose that tiny screw and hook. (The hook's holder keeps the rule from lying flat on its face, limiting the rule's use while it's attached.)

I like the markings (1/8", 1/16", 1/32", and 1/64") on the rule because they're identical to my 6" and 12" Starrett combination squares, which I rely on regularly. My eyes appreciate that consistency. Starrett's hook rule, however, features a matte finish; the combination squares are glossy. I also appreciate the heft of this rule -- .042" thick -- that will keep it from bending.
-- Tested by Chuck Hedlund, Contrubuting Craftsman

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